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Fox in the forest

2014-04-19 13.01.41

This Fox did not survive shipping. Four inches of empty space spelled its doom, as, shifting in transit, the top portion of the typewriter caved in upon itself. Learn this lesson well, Etsy and eBay sellers: machines must be immobilized — fill that empty space with wadded newspaper, at least!

And so this Fox sits in the forest…

Fox Typewriter 001 2014-04-19 13.35.58 2014-04-19 13.33.47

The serial number is difficult to locate, being under the carriage and slightly inaccessible except that the carriage be drawn fully to the left. The serial number is located just at the edge of the type basket on the right side. Mine reads 45292. TypewriterDatabase.com offers only general dates for these machines, so this Fox is difficult to date.

I believe my machine is a No. 23, but I could be mistaken. It could be a No. 24.

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A series of patent dates can be found on the backside of the paper table.

2014-04-19 13.38.46 2014-04-19 13.36.33

The last date appears to be 1910, so I date my machine to around this time.

The logo on the Fox is particularly appealing —

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As seen at TypewriterDatabase.com.

© 2014, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Richard P May 18, 2014, 11:20 pm

    Oh no!

    Well, at least it wasn’t in pristine condition. Will you try to restore it?

    • Mark Adams May 18, 2014, 11:25 pm

      Doubtful. I can clean and adjust a machine, but this one is quite severely damaged. Many metal pieces (thoroughly rusted) sit in a box in storage.

  • T. Munk May 19, 2014, 1:48 am

    A shame! I hear Foxes like to jump over lazy dogs, and I am saddened that this one won’t be getting to type that anymore. ):

    • Michael Y May 20, 2014, 7:34 am

      hilarious Ted!
      but my sentiments exactly – quite a tragedy here. Hope you got a refund of some sort.

      • Mark Adams May 20, 2014, 4:43 pm

        Happily, I received a full refund — and the typewriter. Still a bummer that this Fox was damaged.

  • Ton S (I dream lo-tech) May 19, 2014, 2:44 am

    A pity, really. But then again, the rusting is quite severe, it would have taken a major overhaul anyway.

  • SteveK May 19, 2014, 4:30 am

    Lovely objet d’art though!

  • rob May 21, 2014, 12:34 am

    It looks as though there is enough metal in the machine to at least make it a useful donor machine. It looks like it would have been a tough refurbishment but there may be life in parts of the old dog fox yet.

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